DC and WB have to be celebrating as they finally have a second superhero film that didn’t plummet dramatically in its sophomore weekend. Aquaman pulled in $51.5 million, for a dip of only -23.5 percent. That’s the smallest dip a DCEU film has ever had. This gives the movie a domestic total of $188 million and with little new competition ahead should mean a stellar box office for the well-reviewed film.
Some money could be stolen, however, by Bumblebee, which had a stellar holdover from its opening weekend with only a -5 percent drop off. Obviously, folks who chose to see Aquaman first came out for the film this weekend after positive word of mouth and strong reviews encouraged them too. With $20.5 million this weekend the movie now holds $66 million in domestic grosses and could have strong legs throughout January. I’d personally encourage you to go see it so we can get more Travis Knight directing action movies in general.
Meanwhile, almost every other film in the top ten saw an increase in box office over their previous weekend as families on vacation headed out to the box office to catch movies they missed over the last two weeks. That caps off an amazing year for Hollywood, which saw the box office rebound to incredible success. It’s been one major hit after another for the studios and theaters and the fears of a waning interest in heading to movie theaters have been assuaged.
1. Aquaman – $51,550,000
2. Mary Poppins Returns – $28,019,000
3. Bumblebee – $20,500,000
4. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse – $18,315,000
5. The Mule – $11,780,000
6. Vice – $7,791,044
7. Holmes and Watson – $7,300,000
8. Second Act – $7,210,000
9. Ralph Breaks the Internet – $6,532,000
10. Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch – $4,200,000